The rigors of another NFL training camp were past. The meaningless dress rehearsals known as exhibition games, all four of them, had been played. The fates of certain pro football players—the fringe guys on that imaginary “bubble”—were now hanging in the balance. And the fate of a franchise tilted and swayed. Would he, or wouldn’t he? The Detroit Lions, 20 years ago last spring, became the beneficiaries of one of the most boneheaded, outlandish, and just plain stupid draft day moves—or non-moves—in league history. Imagine—the Lions, taking advantage of someone else’s egregious personnel error. But it happened, royally. The Lions, with the third pick of the ’89 draft, prayed to the football gods that the jitterbug running back Barr ...
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